600 children and youth now have a space to learn skills such as computing and arts
600 children and youth now have a space to learn skills such as computing and arts
Karen Azucena / USAID

For Immediate Release

Friday, December 27, 2013

AHUACHAPÁN – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Municipality of Atiquizaya and members of the Izcaquilio community opened the Vocational and Recreational Youth Center, which will benefit 600 children and youth from the community and 1,200 families from surrounding areas.

Construction of the center began in September 2013 with a total investment of $101,408 ($75,000 from USAID and $26,408 from the municipality and the Salvadoran Foundation for Development and Minimum Housing, FUNDASAL, in charge of implementing the project). The center has five rooms for vocational courses in computing, music, tutoring, among others, providing more opportunities for at-risk children and youth.

Due to the excellent performance in managing its resources, Atiquizaya was one of 20 winning municipalities of the Domestic Finance for Development initiative, funded by the U.S. government and implemented by the USAID Municipal Competitiveness Project. The initiative encourages developing countries to mobilize financial resources to lower levels of corruption, reform tax systems and better manage their expenses. In this case, the contest award was used to build a center for vocational training, recreation, sports and cultural activities for children and youth.

This initiative contributes to the goals of the Partnership for Growth, announced by President Barack Obama during his visit to El Salvador and signed by the Government of El Salvador and the U.S. Government in November 2011. Through the Partnership for Growth, the United States is working with El Salvador to achieve greater security and prosperity for Salvadoran families.

Jason Seuc, Acting Director of the USAID/El Salvador Economic Growth Office, congratulated the citizens of the Izcaquilio community and Atiquizaya for obtaining the best performance in the 2013 Municipal Competitiveness Index, conducted among 108 municipalities nationwide.

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Mayor of Atiquizaya, Ana Luisa Rodriguez de Gonzalez; Jason Seuc, and Isabel Moreno, a community leader. Members of the Municipality of Atiquizaya, FUNDASAL and Izcaquilio residents also attended de event.


Last updated: November 12, 2014

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